After falling behind by 10 points following the opening quarter, fifth-seeded Louisville used the next three quarters to slowly climb back even with four-seed N.C. State and needed a pair of late free throws from Myisha Hines-Allen to grab a 59-58 win during quarterfinal action at the ACC Tournament on Friday afternoon.
The Cardinals were trailed 28-18 after the first quarter, but used a second quarter rally to narrow the margin to 34-32 at halftime. The Cardinals out-paced the Wolfpack by three in the third quarter and played even with the higher seed in the final frame.
Asia Durr, a first team All-Conference selection, led all scorers with 28 points, with fellow first-teamer Hines-Allen scoring 14 of her 16 points in the second half. Hines-Allen also pulled down 10 rebounds to record her 14th double-double of the season.
The victory, the seventh straight for the Cardinals, lifts the into the ACC Tournament semifinals for a third consecutive season.
Louisville, which improved to 27-6 overall, will face Notre Dame in semifinal play on Saturday at noon. U of L fell at Notre Dame in early February in the only meeting between the two this season.